UCCS Leadership Development Program

UCCS Leadership Development Program: Developing Emerging Leaders

Preparing Strong Leaders.

Your managers can transform into strong leaders with this high-impact program that provides the skills they need to bring out the best in people, teams, and your organization. Drawing on evidence-based strategies and faculty expertise, this program provides unparalleled opportunities for growth and transformation that is immediately applied through a ongoing capstone project. The UCCS Leadership Development Program: Developing Emerging Leaders will challenge emerging leaders to grow through an interactive learning environment - a perfect blend of applied learning tailored for business professionals. 

5 Module Program & Capstone Project

Wednesdays | October 16, 2019 - November 13, 2019 

Capstone Project | Wednesday, December 11, 2019

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

UCCS Campus | Dwire Hall 204

1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy | Colorado Springs | CO 80918

UCCS Leadership Development Program

Who Should Attend?

  1. Manager/Supervisor
  2. Director
  3. Business Owner
  4. Professional with a non-business degree
  5. Business Development
  6. Sales Professional
  7. Account Manager
  8. Military and/or veteran transitioning into a civilian career
  9. Next generation taking over a family-owned business
  10. New Supervisors & leaders
  11. Technical Professionals

What You Will Learn

  • Wednesday, July 22, 2020 | Facilitated by Don Warrick, DBA 

    • Changing Times and the Need for High Impact Leaders
    • What it will take to Succeed Personally and Organizationally in Changing Times
    • The Critical Skills in Being a High Impact Leader
    • Understanding Your Leadership Style
    • Understanding the Importance of Building Strong Cultures and Evaluating Your Leadership Skills in Building Culture
    • Developing a Sound Leadership Philosophy and Management System
  • Wednesday, July 29, 2020 | Facilitated by Scott Van Ness, MBA

    • Managing change: Individual, Teams, Organizations
    • The Role of Project Management
    • Project Structure: Tools and Techniques to Drive Successful Outcomes
    • Data-Based Project Leadership
    • Project Ownership: Leading, Reporting, Presenting
  • Wednesday, August 5, 2020 | Facilitated by Shane Sherman, MBA

    • A Framework for Managing Change in Organizations:

      • Preparing for change

      • Politics of change

      • Identifying objectives and action planning

      • Implementation

      • Assessment and measurement of progress

    • Best Practices in Change Management:

      • Benchmarking

      • Taking an evidence-based approach rather than a gut-feeling approach

  • Wednesday, August 12, 2020 | Facilitated by Nina Polok, Ph.D

    • Critical People Skills for Leaders and What Happens If You Don't Develop Them
    • Listening Skills
    • Conversation Skills to Get Things Done
    • Skills for Handling Challenging Conversations
    • Helping Your People Develop People Skills
    • Wednesday, August 19, 2020 | Facilitated by Dustin Bluhm, PhD.

      • Characteristics of Effective Teams
      • The Stages of Team Development
      • The role of the Team Leader
      • Overcoming Natural Team Inefficiencies
    • Capstone: Project Presentations and Graduation | Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

    Application of Learning

    This program is an executive education offering, meaning that it includes theory, research and evidence-based practices on the topic of Leadership Development. The program will also cover strategies of how to apply the theory and evidence-based practices into your own organization and specific industry. 

    Participants of this 5-module program will immediately apply learning and new skills through an individual leadership capstone project. 

    Program Capstone Project

    Participants of this 5-module program will immediately apply learning and new skills through an individual leadership capstone project.  Participants will choose a project or initiative within their referring organization, in consultation with program faculty, to apply leadership concepts and skills.  Projects will progress throughout the program, and participants will have one month after Module 5 to complete the project.  Participants will then deliver a short project briefing presentation in December 2019 to complete the program and graduate. 

    If a participant does not have a referring organization for a capstone project, program staff will work with the participant to choose a non-profit for a project.


    • Program handouts
    • Breakfast, coffee and snacks each day
    • Networking
    • Certificate of completion from the UCCS College of Business (if all sessions are completed)

    Regular Registration: $1,800

    UCCS Registration (CU Students, Staff, Faculty, and Alumni): $1,600

    *Alumni from any CU institution and/or OPED executive education programs are eligible for Discounted Registration rates.

    *Email Pamela Preston at ppresto2@uccs.edu for discount code to enter at registration.

    • The UCCS College of Business Executive Education program is a non-degree program.
    • Participants will not receive college credit for the program. 
    • This program will provide leadership skills in a format designed to be immediately applied. 


    Participants who successfully complete the UCCS Leadership Development Program: Developing Emerging Leaders program and capstone project will receive a Certificate of Completion from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, signed by the dean of the UCCS College of Business. Participants will only receive a Certificate of Completion from the UCCS College of Business if all sessions are successfully completed.


    We understand that professionals occasionally have changes in plans or schedules that will result in their not being able to attend the program as planned. If you wish to cancel and receive a full refund, you must submit your request in writing via email to OPED@uccs.edu at least 5 business days prior to the program start date.

    Meet the Facilitators

    Donald D. Warrick, D.B.A
    Donald D. Warrick, D.B.A
    Professor of Management and Organization Change, College of Business
    Nina Polok, Ph.D.
    Nina Polok, Ph.D.
    Program Executive for the Bachelor of Innovation™
    Image of Shane Sherman, MBA
    Shane Sherman, MBA
    Instructor of Leadership and Management
    Scott Van Ness, ABD
    Scott Van Ness, ABD
    Instructor of Operations Management, College of Business
    Image of Dustin Bluhm, PhD
    Dustin Bluhm, PhD.
    Associate Professor of Management

    UCCS Leadership Development Program



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    Transformational growth to take your career to the next level.

    Individual programming is designed and offered based on requests from industry-specific professionals. We offer programs with a wide variety of time commitments, including hour-long sessions, full day programming or multi-part series over the course of a few weeks.


    Customized executive education for your toughest business challenges.

    We partner with organizations to co-design, develop and deliver impactful custom programs tailored to meet your specific business priorities and goals. Programs provide training across all levels of an organization, from top-level executives to front-line staff.